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Motorcycle Cannonball: Dinosaur Race
Written by Rebeccah Cunningham   
 
Alex Trepanier #109 First Aid on the Fly
Written by Felicia Morgan   

Digging through my jacket pocket this morning I unearth a bandage, which instantly makes me smile at the memory that comes with the wadded up package. On this day, exactly one month ago, Joe Sparrow and I were riding two-up as we come up on rider #109, who was chugging along on the shoulder and seemed distracted so we idle up next to him to ask if he's ok. Over the clatter of his 1912 Indian, Alex Trepanier tells us he's fine, but asks if we have a bandage as he shows us his bleeding hand.

Joe tells him to pull over and we'll tend to him with the first aid kit that Vicki Roberts-Sanfelipo outfitted each volunteer with. In an incredulous tone, Alex declares, "No way! I just got going!" Instead, we pull close and, as both bikes continue down the road trying to stay evenly spaced, I rinse off the blood with a bottle of water as the wind blows most of it off into the sage brush. Alex thanks us as Joe hits the throttle to try to get out ahead of him. About a mile down the road we pull off to get antibiotic ointment and a bandaid ready so all he has to do is pull off for a second, but he just waves as he rides by.

Joe and I ready the materials and jump back on the bike to chase him down to try to administer first aid on the run. I carefully hand over the antibiotic smeared bandaid while fighting the wind as Joe steers us close. Alex keeps one hand on his bars while reaching over to be bandaged. All this along a Colorado highway at 38 mph.

I offered the packaged bandage as a backup, to be used later but he refused, so it went in my jacket pocket. As a first-time Cannonball rider and one of the youngest participants registered, Alex signed up to ride without back up and alone. The personable 20-something year old quickly made friends and joined forces with the Thor Losers as he showed us all what true heart and commitment looks like while struggling with the challenges of navigating a 104-year old single speed motorcycle across these great United States. Good job, Alex.

 
A Lesson in Self Respect
Written by Felicia Morgan   

Fred Wacker, rider #118, was sitting on the side of the road in rural Virginia when we came upon him and his broken motorcycle. Diagnostics were done there in the dirt parking lot and it was determined that the immaculate 1913 Indian single was done for the day. There was no cell service so calling for back up wasn't an option until a resident in the tiny town offered a landline from a nearby home and the sweep truck arrived soon after.

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Lucky 13 Racing
 
Steve DeCosa
Written by Felicia Morgan   

Cannonball rider #2, Steve DeCosa from New York, had a very stressful ride on the last day the Motorcycle Cannonball. It started out well enough, managing the 4,000-foot mountain pass, the dust storm, the congested traffic and the heat. Lunch at the Temecula HD was a nice break before heading to the finish line and he was in high spirits. Steve is relatively new to the antique motorcycle addiction affliction, but he's been bitten hard and, as a second round rider, he's hip deep in the world of grease, gears and backroads. His wife Joan is his pit crew and he's been all in from the start. As we made our way to Carlsbad, Joe spotted Steve on the side of the road and pulled over to see what was up.The look on his face spoke volumes before we even got off the bike. Cussing and railing at the heavens with clenched fists, the heartbreak and frustration at his failed machine was pitiful to witness as he faced defeat. Doug Wothke, #88, pulled up to see if anything could be done as it was explained that his brake stay had sheared off flush, leaving his beautiful 1915 HD Twin without stopping abilities.

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Stage 15 The Grand Finish
Written by Felicia Morgan   

It's done. The most incredible event in motorcycling history has come to an end in the seaside city of Carlsbad, California. The group that set off from Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 10, 2016 arrived ragged and weary along the shores of the Pacific ocean, completing a glorious journey as the world cheered them along every single mile. Never before have 100 year old vehicles of any kind, let alone a gangly gaggle of motorcycles, crossed the span of our great nation under their own power so when 74 machines carried their riders to the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon, everyone knew this was the stuff of legend.

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Stage 14 Welcome to California

Photos by Bryan Snyder of Snyder Art









Thank you, Bryan, for the pictures. Click HERE to see more pictures of the finish by Bryan Snyder.

 

 
Stage 15 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

 

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Stage 14 Welcome to California
Written by Felicia Morgan   

This is it... the end is near. Today was the last full day of riding with our tribe before we roll into Carlsbad for the awards ceremony and final meal together. And then there will be no more. No more hurried breakfasts as engines sputter to life. No more green flags. No more engine rebuilds, worried brows or route sheets. No more rules, and no more tilting at windmills.

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Stage 14 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

 

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A Statement from Motorcycle Cannonball
Written by Jason Sims   

Founder Lonnie Isam Jr.'s original vision for the Motorcycle Cannonball was to successfully traverse the country with a bunch of his friends along the back roads of America on antique motorcycles. That goal has never changed. Motorcycle Cannonball is a difficult and challenging endurance run that is supposed to be a rewarding ride that is all about man, machine and miles. Our mission statement is to pit man against machine, not man against man.

There are rules in place to keep everyone safe and ensure fair play and the governing body charged with that task is responsible for making tough decisions. In all cases, decisions are based on the covenants of those rules, which are issued to every competitor prior to the Grand Start and is reviewed during riders school prior to start. In addition, any changes to the rules are issued to participants.

I stand behind the decisions issued by the scoring crew. The scoring body deals with multiple infractions daily and the team deals with each on an individual basis and with the utmost integrity. As in all competitions, there are setbacks but the race does not end. The true spirit of the Cannonball will be at the heart of the Grand Finish tomorrow as we roll into Carlsbad, California with our heads held high for the accomplishments of each and every rider who took the green flag at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Jason Sims
Director of Operations
Motorcycle Cannonball

 
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